The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Geneva leads NRC’s representation with the IASC and UN agencies, and coordinates donor engagement with the UN and Swiss donors. NRC strives to assist and protect vulnerable and displaced people during crises, especially in situations of conflict. Established in 1946, NRC is an independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working in around 31 countries with approximately 14’000 staff. NRC employs a rights based approach, challenging those with responsibility to uphold the rights of displaced people set out within national and International Laws. NRC endeavors to secure the acceptance of local stakeholders for activities and is committed to the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality.
NRC seeks to engage with all relevant actors in order to promote the full respect for the rights of displaced and vulnerable people; secure and maintain access for humanitarian operations and promote the achievement of durable solutions. NRC requires consistent and targeted engagement with institutional partners to identify partnership opportunities, raise funds and ensure compliance with donor requirements. NRC Geneva, with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), are NRC’s primary presence in Geneva.
The Humanitarian Financing (HF) Coordinator will work in the policy team under the supervision of the Senior Advisor to advance the humanitarian financing strategy with particular focus on the strengthening of the OCHA-NGO Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) Dialogue Platform (the Platform) through the establishment of a light Secretariat.
As the current co-chair of the Platform, NRC has numerous responsibilities that range from coordination and advocacy, to events organization and management. Moreover, NRC plans to design and roll out training modules for access to and management of CBPFs. Crucial to the success of the initiative is NRC’s ability to be representative of the hundreds of NGOs working with OCHA, and channel such influence in strategic advocacy to ensure CBPFs continue to be fit for purpose.
Duties and responsibilities
The HF Coordinator would be responsible for carrying out tasks around four key areas within the Platform Secretariat:
- The Secretariat will play a key role in convening NGOs for Platform or ad hoc meetings, and gather input on their behalf for adequate representation at the Pooled Funds Working Group and other fora.
- Outreach and communication
- Crucial to the success of the Platform and the quality of NGO representation will be the ability of the Secretariat to foster and promote engagement by NGOs in-between Platform meetings. Creating and maintaining an online presence will be paramount to increasing the visibility of the Platform, as will be the ability to capture and create content to be shared with NGO focal points, OCHA, and interested donors, as well as internally to NRC.
Training and capacity development
Various training-materials are available in different CBPFs on national scale, which are shared on an ad-hoc basis. Standard modules accessible to all actors globally are not yet institutionalised and could benefit the whole system. While Humanitarian Financing Units in CBPF Countries strive to fulfil the high demand for information with dedicated online and on-site training sessions, the high volume of existing, new and prospective partners interested in accessing CBPF funding calls for a more streamlined approach to bridge the knowledge gap and avoid duplication of efforts while further expanding the provision of such services to all parties involved in CBPF (NGOs, UN Agencies, and donors).
- The Platform is mandated through its terms of reference to facilitate joint advocacy efforts to promote the broader adoption and acceptance of CBPFs as a funding mechanism. In 2018, the Platform core-group jointly organized a side event for the benefit of German NGOs to discuss specific hindrances to their access to CBPFs.
- Internally to the CBPF structure, the Secretariat will play an important role in promoting the adoption of the recommendations emerging from the joint OCHA/NRC study on how to ensure CBPFs tackle some of the key challenges ahead.
- Coordination and representation: e.g. agenda setting, online NGO meetings, creation of communication channel global-local (e.g. NGO forum), surveying/gathering NGO input, logistics, travel and venue arrangements, note taking, online document filing;
- Outreach and Communication: e.g. online website (within GMS/OCHA), infographics, social media presence, mailing list and newsletter maintenance, media products;
- Training and capacity development: work with an external provider to design and deliver training modules on a) Introduction to CBPFs (e.g. introduction to objectives, governance, funding modalities); Establishing a partnership (concrete steps e.g. PCA, required documents, GMS); c) Managing a partnership (GMS A to Z); d) Advisory Board roles and responsibilities;
- Advocacy: bi/multi-lateral advocacy efforts, key messages, media products, position papers on CBPFs as a funding mechanism; summaries, reviews, updates on the implementation of study recommendations;
- Prepare reports and support material for the grant providing funding to the specific Platform initiative;
- Support NRC in the implementation of the humanitarian financing strategy (e.g. Grand Bargain, Innovative Financing);
- Any other task and responsibilities falling under the PnP role mandate, as instructed by the line manager.
- University degree or equivalent qualification, preferably at master’s degree level;
- Minimum four years of work experience in a humanitarian/development organisation and/or from a donor administration, either at Head Office/capital or field/embassy level;
- Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Other languages are an asset;
- Computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint);
- Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian finance and pooled funds mechanisms;
- Documented results in coordination and/or project management and/or partnership building;
- Experience with Country Based Pooled Funds as either a recipient, donor, coordinator is desirable;
- Experience in a coordination role among NGOs or similar setting is an added value;
- Prior experience with NRC is an asset.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The position works with a large number of different interlocutors;
- A conscientious and structured person with strong planning skills.